Basic Fire Fighting
Competence in basic fire fighting is one of four core elements of the Basic Safety Training that all ships are now required to provide, and all seamen are obligated to achieve.
There is no more terrifying hazard that confronts commercial seamen and commercial ships than fire at sea. To prevent this catastrophic emergency, every seaman is trained in Basic Fire Fighting. Each is expected to pay constant attention to fire prevention, and to be capable of serving as an effective member of a fire response team.
These realities are reflected in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) that have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member nations. Competence in Basic Fire Fighting is one of four core elements of the Basic Safety Training that all ships are now required to provide, and all seamen are obligated to achieve.
Content is organized into three segments:
• How to Use This Program
• Shipboard Fire Fighting Organization
• Escape Routes
• Periodic Fire Drills
• The Elements of Fire & Explosion
• Fuel, Heat, Oxygen
• Types & Sources of Ignition
• The Three Methods of Fire Spread
• Classes of Fire
• Extinguishing Agents
• Discovery of Fire
• Immediate Actions
• Fight & Extinguish Fires
• Fire Fighter's Outfit
• Personal Equipment
• Fire Fighting Equipment & Appliances
• Portable Fire Extinguishers
• Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
• Fire Fighting Methods